There’s no pleasing every team when the NFL schedule comes out, but here is the No. 1 reason each team can think they got screwed in 2018.
Now that the when and where of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule has been out for awhile, fans of all 32 teams have surely gone down the slate and marked wins and losses in an optimistic fashion.
Internally, teams are far more realistic while maintaining some level of high expectations to make the playoffs, win a division or even make a run to the Super Bowl. But a deeper dive could lead to teams feeling like the schedule does them absolutely no favors, due to a tough cross-conference division to play, a run of consecutive road games or anything else that could be dreamed up as a disadvantage.
But one way or another, all 32 NFL teams can find some kind of criticism to levy against the schedule makers each year. On that note, and a lot of complaint points are rooted similarly, here is each NFL team’s No. 1 reason to feel like it got screwed by its schedule in 2018.
Arizona Cardinals – The Road Grind
After a Week 9 bye, the Cardinals play three of their following four games on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs (Week 10), Los Angeles Chargers (Week 12) and the Green Bay Packers (Week 13). Those three teams are in line to be playoff teams this year.
Even their four games going into that bye look tough, with the resurgent San Francisco 49ers on the slate twice (Week 5 and Week 8) and a road game against the Minnesota Vikings (Week 6) followed by a Thursday night game against the Denver Broncos.
All in the all, the Cardinals get the two best teams in the NFC North, the defending AFC West champion and the 2016 NFC champion outside their division on the road this year. A slightly softer home slate helps, but the Cardinals will have to pull a road upset or two if they want to get back to the playoffs.